The Hip Op-eration Crew reached new heights when they performed at Taipei 101, the world’s 2nd tallest building, just as Kara Nelson (Kara Bang Bang) was having her 95th birthday.
The Waiheke dancers have taken Taipei by storm as they performed in front of 16000 at the ‘Seniors on Broadway’ show. This annual event celebrates ‘Aging Innovation Week’ where non-professional performers from Taiwan strut their stuff in front of an appreciative crowd. The Crew are world ambassadors of healthy aging according to the ‘world health for aging’ dignatories who came from the USA, Israel, Denmark, and Hong Kong to watch the show.
The event is hosted by Hondao Foundation which describes itself as a bridge to a better society and demonstrates that people of all ages and genders, whether healthy or physically handicapped, have a right to dream and that it’s never to late to realise your dream as long as society is willing to pitch in and help.
The Crew are getting over their culture shock by the looks of the videos and photos they’re posting on their Facebook page. They’ve been taken on a gondola ride to see pandas and ended up in a giant teapot high in the forest where all the food is cooked in local tea. Some of the Crew were even game enough to try eating jellyfish. They’ve been interviewed with the ‘first lady of Taiwan’, wife of the Taiwanese President, and treated like rock stars by the general public who want to have their photos taken with Crew members at every opportunity.
Here is a video of an impromptu dance tutorial they gave their hosts when they went to dinner with the Chairman of the Hondao Foundation.
If you want to follow their Taiwan journey go to https://www.facebook.com/TheHipOpErationCrew